Lianhua Qingwen, which was endorsed by many academicians after the global pandemic, quickly became a shopper’s “hot pick” and an “anti-epidemic internet celebrity”. Let’s take a look at the timeline of this magical drug’s sudden success.
On 25 January 2020, the first day of the Lunar New Year and the third day of the lockdown in Wuhan, Professor Zhang Boli, a member of the Advisory Expert Group for Medical Treatment and Prevention of Coronavirus Infection in Tianjin and a member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, stated the following during an interview, “Lianhua Qingwen has an inhibitory effect on coronavirus”.
On 25 March 2020, during the Sino-European Anti-Epidemic Exchange Meeting, academician Zhong Nanshan mentioned, “Lianhua Qingwen has an obvious effect on the treatment of coronavirus pneumonia. There were 284 patients who had taken Lianhua Qingwen and 91.5% of them fully recovered.”
On 12 April 2020, the National Medical Products Administration approved Lianhua Qingwen capsules/granules as suitable for the symptom of “mild and common type of COVID-19” in addition to the original approved medical use.
In the meantime, academician Zhong announced that Lianhua Qingwen had been included in the “Pneumonia Treatment Plan for Novel Coronavirus Infection” in 20 provinces and cities of China as the clinically recommended medication for the coronavirus pandemic.
Since then, Lianhua Qingwen had been strongly promoted by those major media to spread the news of how much Lianhua Qingwen had contributed in the global “anti-epidemic” feat. The propaganda was so powerful that Lianhua Qingwen capsules were able to be registered successfully in Brazil, Indonesia, Canada, Mozambique, Romania, Thailand, Ecuador and other countries as “Chinese Traditional Medicine”, “medicine”, “botanical medicine”, “natural health product”, “food supplement”, “modern botanical medicine”, etc. with marketing permits.
International students from China also received “Health Kits” from the local embassies which included two boxes of Lianhua Qingwen capsules in addition to mask and disinfection supplies.
Lianhua Qingwen was so popular that all the inventory was snapped up, just like Banlangen did. The share price of Yiling Pharmaceuticals doubled on the A-share market with the asset of its founder, academician Wu, soared more than RMB10 billion. He became the “A-share richest academician”.
On 21 August 2020, during the press conference after the “2020 Beijing Health Conference Doctors Forum”, academician Wu mentioned that, “Lianhua Qingwen was specifically developed during the SARS period for the epidemic. During the outbreak of Influenza A in 2009, this drug had gone through animal testing to prove it had an inhibition on the virus (Influenza A). It also had a positive medical effect on fever, cough, sore throat and many other symptoms. Wu stated that Lianhua Qingwen was recommended in the current coronavirus pneumonia treatment plan. According to a systematic research, it was found that Lianhua Qingwen had a significant inhibitory effect on the coronavirus pneumonia virus and can slow down the transformation from mild to severe symptoms. From the sales data, it was estimated that there were 80 million people using Lianhua Qingwen to prevent and control the coronavirus, indicating that it also played a positive role in the prevention and control of the epidemic.”
The recovery rate of Lianhua Qingwen had reached 91.5% and approximated 80 million people were using it. The procedure mentioned above pushed the drug to its peak. Along this timeline, it was not hard to see the logic behind it:
1. launched by member of Coronavirus Treatment Expert Group – Zhang Boli;
2. endorsed and strongly supported by academician Zhong;
3. approved and clinically recommended by the National Medical Products Administration;
4. promoted by academician Wu Yiling; and
5. the magical medicine came into being.
Is this not a little familiar? Paid promotion during live streaming by academicians. Many academicians recommended it. The National Medical Products Administration promoted it. Is this drug really that magical? Are there any other forces pushing behind?
Please remember the names of three people: Zhang Pengli, Zhong Nanshan and Wu Yiling.
(to be continued)
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Original article: https://gnews.org/zh-hans/756801/
Translated by: 喜国公民
Reviewed by: Selina
Editor: 阿斌 Ah Bin